Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Is TaylorMade for Pay-Per-View (see what I did there?)

SI.com – Two months ago at the Players Championship, where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together for the first two rounds, Mickelson suggested he and his rival-turned-friend Woods skip the tournament stuff and play a “high-stakes, winner-take-all match.”

It would appear that the two players are ready to put their money where their mouths are, as a report from Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck suggests the two legends are planning a head-to-head match for $10 million.

Mickelson also said that both players would be willing to wear microphones to enhance the spectacle of the made-for-TV matchup.

If the people in charge of scheduling pay-per-views at Showtime or HBO aren’t on the phone with Tiger and Phil right now, they should be fired. Just think about it- two of golf’s biggest rivals with a storied past facing off in a winner-take-all match for $10 million. Who cares if they’ve become friendlier with one another over the years? When that much cash is on the line, you know there will be a surplus of trash talking and head games. Tiger and Phil both have polarizing personalities, and often people found themselves hating Phil because they were Tiger Guys and vise versa. I always hated Phil during the glory days of the rivalry. Not because I thought Phil was a bad golfer or because I didn’t like Phil as a person, but a lot of his fan base had a little brother complex that was off-putting, which was totally his fault and I’m completely justified in my former hate for him. I know that’s ironic for me to say as I sit here puffing my Tiger fandom chest, but that’s the fact, Jack (Nicklaus).  Continue reading

Justin Thomas Is a Snowflake

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Justin Thomas got a victory this weekend at the Honda Classic, but not without controversy. He had to deal with a “rowdy” golf fan, and ended up having them thrown out of the gallery. He had this to say about the guy he had thrown off the course:

“We were walking up on the [16th tee] and this guy, I don’t know who he was talking to, but sounds like it was [to] me,” Thomas said in his post-round presser. “He said something like — he was like, ‘I hope you hit it in the water, hit it in the water,’ something like that. I just kind of like looked back there. Didn’t say anything.

“Just, again, I feel like there’s no place for that, and I hit it and my ball is in the air and it’s not — it’s in the middle of the fairway and he’s yelling for it to get in the bunker. I was like, okay, I’ve had enough. So I just turned around and asked who it was, and he didn’t want to say anything, now that I had actually acknowledged him. So he got to leave a couple holes early.

Seriously?

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Tiger Woods Graduates

I am a “yooooge!” Tiger Woods fan. What has happened in the last few years (nearing a decade now) has been sad and a major blow to the golf world. There’s no denying that golf is better when Tiger is wearing red on Sunday, walking up the 18th fairway with a chance to win. Luckily, we’ve had some new talent help keep golf relevant, but to me it just doesn’t feel the same.

Today Tiger added another victory I never thought would go on his Wikipedia page; he successfully completed a “private intensive program” to help him manage the medication he’s been taking to recover from his back injuries.  Continue reading